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Burma Urged to Implement Anti-Money Laundering Law Without Delay - 2003-02-26


The new United Nations report on illegal drugs says opium production in Burma has been halved since 1996.

(In a report released Wednesday) The United Nations says eradication efforts in Burma to prevent the cultivation of illicit poppies must continue in the opium-rich region known as "the Golden Triangle" next to Thailand, Laos and China.

The report says Burma is now the second largest producer of opium, because cultivation has resumed at a high level in Afghanistan.

The Austria-based International Narcotics Control Board is also urging Burma's government to implement without delay a new anti-money laundering law.

The law was enacted in June to give authorities wide-ranging powers to pursue criminals laundering money from the narcotics trade. Burma's military government denies charges it is bankrolled by the drug trade.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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